Anna - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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3.4/5 rDev -21.5%
750ml split into a couple of tulips. The brew appears a clear straw yellow color with a billowing white head more than 3 fingers strong. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patchy lacing effect on the glass. Overall the brew looks very appealing.
The smell is earthy with an unfortunate amount of sulfur that dominates most of the aromatics and gets worse when it is switled. Under the sulfur, it displays some solid straw grain inclusion. Faint fruit like pear and lemon and trace amounts of earthy honey are evident as it warms up. It also gets cheesy with a pilsner quality that become more pronounced as the experience continues.
The taste has a very mild honey to floral quality mixing with hints of pear, lemon and earth. A mild tartness is present coupled with a slight solvent alcohol note. It gets quite rindy with some bitterness as it warms up. Fortunately, the flavor if this brew does not carry nearly the same amount of sulfur as the aroma would lead you to believe.
This is a medium bodied brew with an effervescent lively level of carbonation. It opens up awkward and slightly off-putting but grows on me as the experience continues. For 6.5% the alcohol is present and warming but not distracting. Having this once was enough to satisfy my curiosity, I dont have much interest in trying this again.
10-01-2012 17:41:35 | More by stakem
3.53/5 rDev -18.5%
Served in a flared pokal.
Big thanks to the Central PA group from the Gang Bang BIF for this bottle!
This guy gushed a little bit, but not too much... After settling, it pours a hazy pale-ish straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, lemon zest, orange zest, and mandarin orange syrup. The taste holds notes of tart lemon, wheat, light coriander, and orange rind. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good saison, but one that doesn't really express itself all that much: It's solid, but bordering on boring. I hope that makes sense to somebody else out there...
09-06-2011 03:42:37 | More by TMoney2591
3.55/5 rDev -18%
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to stevefinny for this.
4.5 A: Moderately hazed golden yellow color. The bottle gushed a bit on me and I needed two pours to get a full glass. The second pour left almost three fingers of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Super dry and super herbal. Thistle, grass, dry hay. Pear leads the fruit party with lemon zest and bitter orange peel. Just the slightest honey component. Some yeasty breadiness.
3.5 T: Quite lemony. Way more than the nose suggested. Tart lemon juice foremost, but also lemon zest - basically lemon merangue pie. Again a big herbal component with the flavors listed in the nose and additionally hints of mint, chard, and parsley. Surprisingly bitter and perhaps a bit too much so. Again the honey is a bit underwhelming, but still a good add. Pear frutiness underneath.
3.5 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation despite the minor gushing. I like spritzy carbonation in saisons and this only has a touch of that. Still, smooth and decent enough.
3.5 D: I looked at some reviews after making mine and I must say that either this bottle is different from what others have been drinking or they are imagining smells and flavors. That said, it's a good beer, but I'd take a HF IPA or porter over this anyday.
09-28-2012 02:17:03 | More by DavoleBomb
3.55/5 rDev -18%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks to Joe and Shaun for two bottles of this!
A: Both bottles are gushers, opening with oozing foam that catches me by surprise (in my defense, the second bottle was opened so long after the first that I forgot it was a gusher. I'm really not that dumb... really). Pours a hazy straw body with a fluffy off-white head. Very sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Lemon zest, orchard fruit (pears, apples, apricot), white pepper, and bread.
T: White pepper, coriander, apple, lemon zest. A clean and simple flavor that makes for a refreshing beer.
M: Light-bodied, owing to aggressive carbonation that makes the beer foamy in the finish. This quality could be dialed back, as it's very distracting.
O: This is above-average, but against Hill Farmstead's other saisons, it doesn't climb into upper-tier territory.
11-28-2011 00:37:31 | More by Arbitrator
District of Columbia
3.6/5 rDev -16.9%
Golden straw honey pour with an enormous head, lots of lacing that sticks around. Smells of earth, spice, lemon, honey, banana and pepper. Taste is similar, although somewhat sweet with honey. Decent saison but nothing to write home about. Medium body and mouthfeel.
06-15-2012 19:19:05 | More by craytonic
3.65/5 rDev -15.7%
One of the recent bottles using the new yeast, coming by way of bwmichaud.
Anna pours with a tight head of bubbles that collects above the light olive colored liquid. Hazy, nearly murky and almost green in color. Unfiltered beers of this nature really speak volumes to me. The initial aromas are of obvious honey and wet river rocks. Each whiff brings more comparisons to baked pastures such as scones or biscuits, all laden with wild flower honey.
There is a creaminess to the texture and a pleasing herbal note on the first sip. The honey certainly shows itself but doesn't come off at all sweet. Residual bitterness gives a balance to the honeyed edge and holds strong into the finish. Nutty flavors begin to emerge as the bottle empties giving a nice mid-palate structure. Simple at the end of the day with the bitterness and spice being the main focus of flavors.
I have really enjoyed each style of Saison thus far from Hill Farmstead. Anna is as simple as the others but perhaps a touch less impressive. Rustic and engaging but not as honest and brilliant as the other siblings similar in style. I would certainly not turn down another glass.
12-28-2011 05:41:15 | More by Bardwashrind
3.68/5 rDev -15%
Growler we picked up at the brewery on 1/21/11.
A-Clear, pale gold with a thin white head and no lacing.
S-Strongly herby with some lemon peel undertones.
T-Overwhelmingly herbaceous with a hint of honey sweetness and some grapefruit hoppiness.
M-Light, very dry.
D-Crisply drinkable. Tasty.
02-01-2011 02:40:54 | More by sholland119
3.73/5 rDev -13.9%
A: pours a hazy yellow with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.
S: some barnyard notes up front followed by tart sour aromas. Some sweet bubblegum and candy sugar aromas in there as well.
T: barnyard and slight funk flavors dominate at first followed by some light candy sugar notes. The finish is dry and clean.
M: light body with highish carbonation, this beer is crisp, dry, and refreshing.
O: a pretty decent beer, though needs a bit more depth of flavor.
02-29-2012 23:47:57 | More by n2185
Anna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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